English: Astarotte's Toy
Synonyms: Lotte no Omocha!
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2011 to Jun 26, 2011
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisWhile job hunting, Naoya is taken by a mysterious girl to a magical land where he is installed in the harem of the succubus Princess Lotte. Thanks to trauma from her childhood, Lotte hates men and surrounds herself with lots of other women, who all have quirks of their own. In spite of her selfishness, when Naoya learns that Lotte is really quite lonely he agrees to stay in her world ...if he can bring his daughter Asuha with him.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Rotte no Omocha!
Side story: Astarotte no Omocha! EX
Characters & Voice Actors
Astarotte no Omocha! (or "Astarotte's Toy!" in English), is a harem, ecchi, comedy series that follows the escapades of Astarotte Ygvar, a ten year old succubus princess who is under the conviction of forming a man-harem, in order to guzzle "man juice" so as to preserve her youth and beauty. With the clear direction established, the series becomes a collection of episodic antics involving young , tsundere Astarotte and her boy-toys, all aiming towards the token "hunk of the week" and a hearty showering of baby butter to top it [and her] all off.
Have you got all that? Good. Now forget everything I just told you, because this series has -next to nothing to do with any of that-. Sadly, a large sum of people that read the plot synopsis are going to think that this series is all about a ten year old girl sucking down throat yogurt, but that isn't the case. So what should someone going into Astarotte no Omocha! expect out of it?
Well first thing's first, it's still an ecchi series. It's not going to magically cure your phobia of seeing a 10 year old girl in a sexually suggestive scenario or an overly large bosom stuffed into all too restrictive clothing. Though, in a world where the tag "ecchi" is near synonymous with "seemingly random and all-too-frequent upskirts, due to a sudden gust of wind or poor choice of panning camera angles, that only serve to have the protagonist slugged into the stratosphere", Astarotte no Omocha! dares to be different. Most of the H content comes solely from the risque and colourfully abundant array of outfits that the characters squeeze themselves into, and take it from me, the wardrobes of each character in this show are vast and vibrant. In fact, for a series with an ecchi brand there's very little direct fanservice; what that means is that, until episode 9 (obligatory beach episode), the only "fanservice" that's delivered is thinly veiled clips that cater to a specific fetish.
Though, even if the series is speckled with these "fetish-tastic" scenes, all the usual triteness you'd expect from an ecchi anime takes a backseat to story-telling and character development. If you plan to watch Astarotte no Omocha! strictly to see a loli eat a bowl of man chowder, you'll find yourself instead using adjectives like "heart-warming" or "touching"; the end of the series could even squeeze a tear from the coldest of hearts.
I mentioned before that, despite the plot synopsis, this show isn't about Astarotte forming a man-harem to gargle mayonnaise. While that theme serves as a sort of whispered guideline, it's forgettable at best; it's mentioned here and there throughout the series, but beyond episode one it's rarely ever spoken of beyond the occasional badgering of Judith. Instead, this anime is about the young princess Astarotte vainly proclaiming she's capable, and willing, to round up a troupe of men if, and only if, a human is present amongst them and the events that transpire afterward. However, only one male love interest is present, despite the calls for a harem.
Enter Naoya, the human "recruited" by Astarotte's subjects to serve as a member of her harem, and father (yes, you read that right) of Asuha, a spunky young girl around the same age as the princess. Though despite him being conscripted to sleep with Lotte, he never actually slips into her bed, unless it's to tuck her in for the night or offer her a glass of warm milk (of the bovine variety). Their relationship is more akin to a big brother and little sister than anything sexual. He also acts as one of two butlers (being labelled Astarotte's personal "toy" after her phobia of men slowly disipates, but she only mentions that title once or twice instead of constantly lawding it over the protag, unlike some choice JCStaff series) serving at the princess's castle, alongside the maid, Effie, the captain of Astarottes personal guard, Zelda, and the person responsible for dragging Naoya into their world in the first place, Judith.
A handful of other characters are also introduced as the series progresses, all of whom are unique enough to be enjoyable; none of them have especially unique personalities, sure, but they all have such colourful and unique outfits or appearances that you won't have trouble remembering any of them (for one reason or another). I suppose this is also a good time to say that, despite Lotte being voiced by Kugimiya Rie, she is the "good" type of tsundere; she actually acts in a matter befitting a 10 year old girl, of royal descent, who dislikes the male gender (and doesn't spit out an endless stream of "urusai" when angered or embarassed). See; Taiga.
Alongside Kugimiya Rie there's a handful of other well-known voice actors, including Tamura Yukari (as Asuha) and Horie Yui (as Effie) who provide the voices for Furude Rika and Hanyuu, respectively, from the Higurashi series. Satou Rina, known for her work as Misaka Mikoto from Index and Negi Springfield from Negima, plays the part of Naoya, while Saito Chiwa, who voices two of my favourite characters, Rebecca Miyamoto from Pani Poni Dash! and Francesca Lucchini from Strike Witches, performs the role of the rabbit-eared sage, Ingrid. The intro theme is your average J-rock song that's enjoyable but nothing you haven't heard before, while the ending theme is a soft and slow ballad by the artist Azusa, both of which are relatively calm. But the background music is the area where audio truly shines in this series; it plays at the right times, it fits the mood, it's not too loud, theres alot of variety, it's all very pleasent to listen to and it all rounds off this anime into one nice little package.
All in all, Astarotte no Omocha! is a show everyone should try at least once. Even if ecchi isn't something you enjoy, it's easy to look past that and see how many good things this anime has going for it. A refreshing new spin on the ecchi genre that goes above and beyond what one would expect despite being labelled with such a misleading synopsis, a story that's quirky most of the time and lovable the rest, with a cast of interesting characters, excellent voice acting and music, a budding romantic relationship and a vast repertoire of fetish coverage, all in one.
Sadly, if you're looking for an anime to sate your bukake fetish, you're going to have to look elsewhere. read more
I think some people have the wrong idea about this anime, don't read the damn synopsis, this anime has nothing to do with anything the Synopsis says. Trust me, I've actually read the manga (well...like four chapters you get the jest of it)
Astarotte no Omocha! isn't an Ecchi Loli anime. It is a Medieval Fantasy RomCom that just so happens to have Lolis in it. Oh yeah, did I mention there are viking elements in it? Yes this anime has Yggdrasil, uses Nordic mythos names and also mentions other realms of Yggdrasil, there certainly was some research involved in this anime and I comment that.
Plot: The main plot may turn people off, a loli succubus that has to gather a male harem. Well in truth this anime has no real plot, per say. It is the type of anime that will have plot from episodes 10-12. There is actually only one male in the 'harem' and he acts more of like a onii-chan figure, but i'll come to that later. Overall, the plot is nothing special at the moment but don't really expect one, even if it is following the manga pretty well. 7/10
Characters: Here at the moment I am only going to address Lotte as Naoya hasn't really been talked about yet.
Lotte is your typical Rie Tsundere character in every way. Just lolified instead of flat-chested. She is dependent on her servants, can't really do anything with help from the supporting cast and Naoya. She takes the role of a Princess forced with duties that she doesn't want as she hates men due to seeing what Sigmund Freud and other mind-examiners (sorry forgot how to spell the word..psycia...something) call a "Primal Scene". Overrall, she is only here to be angry, sad, and a loli. 6/10 (no that isn't bad a 6 means Fair, like as an an ok)
Art: If you read my Dog days review you know I love fantasy scenes. No problems here. The Animation is ok but I personally watch the anime just for the backgrounds, I don't have to look at the characters really, well-drawn as they are in their own way. 8/10
Sound: no problems with the Acting. The OP and ED are forgettable as you will just stare at the art. 6/10
Enjoyment: I'm a fan of the manga and the anime follows the manga so far, i'm just watching a slightly edited and animated version of the manga. 8/10
Astarotte no Omocha! will be watched by lolicons, as this is the loli anime of the season. But, if you aren't a loli (like moi) I advise you to watch it while you have some spare time in-between watching Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi and Hanasaku Iroha (well, that is what I'm doing) as it is a nice tale and worth some notice. read more
Both series involve a human male lead being summoned by gateway to an alternate fantasy world by a loli voiced by Kugimiya Rie. Both have strong fantasy, magic, ecchi and romance elements.
*Both girls are what you call tsundere I guess.
*I am more into mature woman/girls but in these both anime girls are the ones that never
grow old I hope you know what I mean ;D
* Magical world theme and into that world a human is put and than the story begins.
* Well if you watched Zero long ago or maybe even recently than you can check this airing series out ;D
A boy from the human world comes to another world because a girl(both voiced by Kugimiya Rie and are lolis) needs him for a reason: as a familiar for Zero no Tsukaima and as part of a harem for Astarotte no Omcha! The worlds the boys are summoned to use magic and have magical creatures that only exist in tales. And notably, both series are ecchi, although not very.
Same voice actor, tsundere main character, and a boy from another world, (Highly reccomend watch Astarotte no Omocha! if you like Zero no Tsukaima). (both Ecchi and romance)
An ordinary guy falls into alternative world which is based on magic principles. Our protagonist becomes a servant of loli tsundere ojousama heroine so in both anime we will see the same pattern of relationships. Either Louise or Astarotte are voiced by Kugimiya Rie who is well known for voicing the most famous tsundere characters. Both anime have a lot of ecchi and it's on the first place in AO but ZT also have an interesting plot (at least the first season of ZT). There is also maid heroine (Effie -- Siesta). And Ini will remind you of Tabitha (kuudere type).
both are about someone transported to another world
there similar because of a boy being sent to another world with magic. it has some comedy, and romance, and a little bit of action
Both anime have the male protagonist summoned to another world to help a royal girl to grow up. Both end up them separating near end of anime but they still get together at the end and all is good and nice. Both of them have lots of commedy moments and are worth watching.
If you like tsundere girls and the main character being teleported into another world this fantasy anime is for you.
both have some fanservice. Both girls don't like their new male friend at the beginning but that changes them slowly into tsundere girls.
The voice actress for Nagi and Astarotte are the same.
Though Naoya's specific job is that of a member of Astarotte's harem, he seems to function more as a sort of butler.
The overall feel of a master/servant environment is evident in both series.
Watching the first two episodes is enough to notice some similarities between Astarotte no Omocha! and Hayate no Gotoku!
First physically, both (Nagi and Astarotte) are small-sized, blonde haired and green-eyed. After this, behaviors, both are a little bit selfish and distant at the start (Tsundere in other word). You'll also notice that both feel lonely in their vast realm (mansion in Nagi's case). To conclude on girls, both have Rie Kugimiya for voice actress.
Hayate and Naoya are especially similar in behavior, they'll do anything to satisfy their little master, to summarize they are totally devoted. They are both involved in a world that they don't know.
Hayate no Gotoku! is more focused on humor and anime/manga references.
As original manga reader, Astarotte is very similar to Hayate the Combat Butler, both have a ojou-sama and a servant, the relationship is pretty much the same moreover with the tons of ridiculous and crazy secondary characters that will appear in the next episodes.
In both series there is little girl and her "babysitter". Mains char voice, Lotte, is the same as Nagi. Both are fine, and somehow funny series with a little bit of romance.
Astarotte no Omocha! and Hayate no Gotoku! have many same things. First of all, the setting is pretty much the same: a blonde, rich-tsundere girl encounters with blue-haired guy/boy, who becomes her butler. Both shows also follow the relationship between the butler and the girl, giving also hints of romance between them. Also, the main girl is voiced by Rie Kugimiya, and the butler is voiced by girl in both series.
However, there are also couple of different things: while Astarotte has more fanservice (ecchi) plus colorful and bright animation, Hayate concentrates more on school-life, and doesn't have that bright animation (expect in the second season). Although, Hayate also has parodies really many shows while Astarotte doesn't do parody of anything. The comedy is also pretty much different.
The butler is often dragged around and bullied by his mistress who is a blond, child and a tsundere who loves her butler more than she cares to let on.
Opening Theme"Tenshi no CLOVER (天使のCLOVER)" by Aimi
Ending Theme"Manatsu no Photograph (真夏のフォトグラフ)" by azusa
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